At 1,951.5 feet above sea level, Timms Hill is Wisconsin’s highest natural point. Located in Price County, it’s in the Town of – wait for it – Hill (clever, no??) just south of Highway 86 and also bounded by Highways 13 and 102. The small town of Ogema is just to the west, and Tomhawk is about 17 miles to the east.
Timms Hill was designated the state’s official highest natural point after a survey in 1962 made the determination. For many years, Rib Mountain on the edge of Wausau was considered the highest point. Several hill peaks in this region, however, peak higher. Towering above nearby Bass Lake, Timms Hill is 48.5 feet short of being able to claim true “mountain” status, since the threshold is officially 2,000 feet (Rib still gets away with calling itself a mountain, even though official geographers call that a hill, too.)
The best access to Timms Hill (by vehicle, at least) is from Highway 86 at County C (from the west) or County RR (from the east.) They take you to Timms Hill County Park, which includes the beautiful Bass Lake and Timms Hill itself, which you access via a gorgeous, narrow, twisty drive leading to a parking area. From there, several trails let you wander the area and access the observation tower, which offers a view extending 30 miles or more in every direction.
Once you climb the tower, the views – especially in the fall – are fantastic!